TheFace: Sara Abdullah Alrumikhani, hospital customer-care manager

For Sara Abdullah Alrumikhani, helping a new generation of Saudi college graduates find their professional and personal path is a life's goal. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 10 August 2018
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TheFace: Sara Abdullah Alrumikhani, hospital customer-care manager

  • Alrumkani is one of the founding members of the formation of the Generations for Generations (G4G) group
  • The group helps Saudis studying abroad "to seek the right path and be good representatives for our country"

Helping a new generation of Saudi students and graduates find their professional and personal path has become a life’s goal for Sara Abdullah Alrumikhani, a customer-care manager at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, one of Jeddah’s leading medical facilities.

Alrumikhani, who was born to a Qassimi father and Syrian mother and raised in Jeddah, gained her master’s degree in health administration from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, US.

After returning to Saudi Arabia, she joined other US graduates to share their experiences with prospective Saudi students planning to study abroad.

The graduates’ initiative led to the formation of the Generations for Generations (G4G) group, which Alrumikhani describes as “my second family and my baby.”

Since early 2013 the group has dedicated its effort to “helping students seek the right path and be good representatives for our country, Saudi Arabia,” she said.

In 2016, G4G expanded its mission and goals to help recent graduates develop a career plan. The group offers advice on subjects ranging from job searches to writing CVs and conducting interviews.

“Our main reason for changing is to keep pace with demand,” she said. “A decline in scholarship numbers has been noticed, with restrictions in some fields of study that Saudi students could pursue based on job-market needs.

“Those were clear signs for the team to make a change by providing a new program that is more significant and of a higher value to the next generation’s personal and professional journey.

“We are heading in the right direction, because the decision to change was supported by facts. We will succeed, as we did with the previous vision, because we have the resources, skill, enthusiasm and, most importantly, the reputation we have built and the trust we have gained.”

Through her work with G4G, Alrumikhani has appeared on programs such as “Kalam Nawaem” on MBC and “Sayedati” on Rotana Khalijiah. She has also taken part in discussions on youth improvements in Jeddah with Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, deputy governor of Makkah region.

“I have decided to dedicate my effort for the new generation of Saudis to help them seek the right path and to be good representatives for our country,” she said.

Alrumikhani described her time studying in the US as an important period in her professional and personal development.

“I give credit to both my family and country for helping me develop a strong understanding and appreciation of both Islamic and multicultural backgrounds,” she said.

 

 


Saudi Arabia’s up-and-coming energy park set to transform KSA into a global industrial powerhouse

Situated in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, between Dammam and Al-Ahsa, the project will be developed in three phases. (Supplied)
Updated 12 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s up-and-coming energy park set to transform KSA into a global industrial powerhouse

  • The first phase is scheduled for completion by 2021
  • SPARK will localize more than 300 new industrial services and facilities and will have specialized training centers to cater to the huge influx of manpower

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is fast catching up with the world’s ever-growing energy and technology scene ahead of 2030. In fact, the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) may soon prove a global destination for energy industry investors.

The new energy city mega-project is being developed by Saudi Aramco, which received authoritization to embark on the initiative in the summer, and is operated, managed and maintained in partnership with the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON). 

With projections that the megacity will create more than 100,000 jobs, it is considered one of the most up-and-coming energy parks in the world.

SPARK will localize more than 300 new industrial services and facilities and will have specialized training centers to cater to the huge influx of manpower.

Situated in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, between Dammam and Al-Ahsa, the project will be developed in three phases. 

The first phase is scheduled for completion by 2021, while the final phase of the project is set for completion in 2035. With all this on track, the 50-square-kilometer project is poised to be a magnet for foreign and domestic investment. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the King Salman Energy Park at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on Monday. (SPA)

What’s more, Aramco’s espousal of SPARK will also help businesses indulge in technological development, manufacturing and exports channels and build a world-class energy supply chain. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the King Salman Energy Park at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on Monday.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Energy Minister and Aramco Chairman Khalid Al-Falih declared SPARK a special economic zone (SEZ) in which businesses can enjoy exclusive benefits. 

“We are looking forward to collaborating with our first anchor partners at SPARK,” said Saudi Aramco President and CEO, Amin Nasser.

SPARK has already attracted investment from foreign and local companies to produce and manufacture goods and services. The first phase of the project is expected to cost about $1.6 billion. 

The park is set to attract industrial investors in the water, power, petrochemical and wastewater sectors, among others. 

Facilities at SPARK will also help investors bridge gaps in local production back home, increasing competition in the long run. 

“This energy city is exciting because it brings together a multitude of businesses,” Mark McCollum, president and CEO of Weatherford Corp, told SPARK.

“We firmly believe that collaboration and cooperation among service companies and individual providers to the energy sector is vital in breaking new ground.”

The King Salman Energy Park is also set to promote small and medium-sized enterprises. With focus on energy production, it also provides opportunities for investment in residential and commercial real estate projects.

Nasser said that the “King Salman Energy Park will spur a new era of growth for one of the Kingdom’s already thriving sectors. What’s more, it will serve as a central gateway to the region’s economies since Aramco is at the heart of the global oil and gas industry.”